Essex snatch last-gasp win
Mark Pettini kept his cool to see Essex to their second LV= County Championship Division Two victory of the season by beating Glamorgan by five wickets with seven balls to spare at the SWALEC Stadium.
In an enthralling final day, Essex chased down 275 for victory with openers Tom Westley and Jaik Mickleburgh hitting half-centuries to give their side a good foundation.
After a couple of scares, Pettini and Greg Smith helped to see Essex past the winning post at the end of the penultimate over.
Earlier in the day, Glamorgan, thanks to 101 from skipper Mark Wallace - Glamorgan's first championship century of the season - added 85 to their overnight total to post 388 in their second innings.
Essex were given a fine start in their run-chase by Westley and Mickleburgh as the openers put on 143 for the first wicket before the latter fell lbw to Jim Allenby for 66.
Though Essex were favourites to win, they did suffer their setbacks on the way. Westley was run out for 88 by Michael Hogan coming back for a second run.
And with 64 needed in fewer than 11 overs, Ravi Bopara went for the big hit off slow left-armer Dean Cosker only to be caught at long-on by Stewart Walters.
Significantly, Essex sent in the big-hitting Graham Napier as they required 58 from the final 10 overs.
Napier also tried to hit Cosker out of the ground only to be caught at long-off by Will Bragg leaving Essex still needing 45 from 7.5 overs.
With seven runs required and 13 balls remaining, skipper James Foster holed out, but Pettini and Smith saw them home.